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Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Kosmos ReserveShiner Kosmos Reserve

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 856
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 159 | FT: 0
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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.98% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-23-2009

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Reviews: 239 | Hads: 856
Photo of JMad
2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a chilled pint glass.

Color was light amber, had a thin head, left no lacing.
Smells like light malt and kinda fruity.
Tastes like malt, very very light bitterness, but you can hardly taste any hops, there is also a kind of fruit flavor. Kind of disappointing.
Feels and drinks ok, very bubbly.
Overall I didn't really like this beer, kind of tastes like Anchor Steam Beer. (401 characters)

Photo of KeefD
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull orange color with a finger or two of white head that fades quickly not leaving much lacing intact. Pale malt makes up the bulk of the aroma, not much in the way of hops with maybe just light whiff of caramel underneath the lightly grainy smell. Wow, this one light tasting beer. I really had no idea what it was before opening, but having the name "Reserve" I was expecting a little more flavor. Pale malt, much like the nose, make up most of the flavor profile, followed by a light breadiness, grain, and very little sweetness. There are hops in there somewhere, but they're hard to find. Just a touch of bitterness on the dry, grainy finish. This feel, carbonation just a touch below prickly.

I've had Shiner Bock before, and thought it was ok, so I picked up this mixed 12 pack mostly for the bottle caps for my collection. If this is any indication of what the rest of the pack will be like, I'm not going to be in for a real treat. It is drinkable though, and pretty easy to put back. Just nothing special and still not sure who this supposed to be "Reserve"d for? (1,084 characters)

Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adam Perfect Pint glass.
The beer poured a standard light lager look. Golden yellow with a white foam head. Average all around.
The aroma of the beer was lager-clean, with touches sweet caramel malt, floral hops, and banana.
The taste followed the nose. Decent lager clean taste, sweetness from caramel malt, minimal bitterness, sweet fruits and banana. Decent, but nothing outstanding.
A drinkable brew from Shiner. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it, but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me. (531 characters)

Photo of Soilworker
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale gold with about a half finger thick white head with moderate head retention.

S: Bready malts and grassy hops with a slightl hint of ripe banana peel with an almost artificial like quality to it (almost like a banana Runt candy).

T: Similar to the nose by being dominated by a well balanced bready malt character and grassy hops. The combination seems to come off a bit sour. As mentioned before there is nothing terribly exciting going on here.

M: Crisp and refreshing. A little on the watery side but I think thats acceptable for the style.

D: A very easy drinker. Not really sure what the ABV is on this (apparently a secret, not sure why they wouldn't put this SOMEWHERE on the label). Goes down smooth and I don't detect any off flavors that make this once unpleasant to drink.

Notes: I think this would be one of the beers that people might knock down just because its easily accessible and a basic lager. I think they hit on the intended style quite well: it has more complexity than an adjunct lager, which I like, and is quite refreshing. A decent lager in my opinion. (1,098 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a pint glass, formed a 1" beige head above the clear golden amber brew. Head lasts very well, with lots of chunky lacing. Aroma is balanced but minimal. Taste is moderately sweet to start, balancing bitterness is quick to follow. A bit of earthiness present that isn't quite my bag. Mouthfeel is nice, and drinkability is pretty good. Not a bad representation of the style. (472 characters)

Photo of budgood1
2.87/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out with amber clarity, followed by a thin head which reduces to some extreme sparse lace. munich maltiness is complimented by some very apparent herbal and grassy hoppiness. very nice. taste regresses a bit as the minimal maltiness can't really hold up the base of this beer, therefore not providing a foundation to let the above normal herbal hopping. the minimal, yet detectable hop character gets washed out quickly by a seltzery flavour that masks any back end hop bitterness. sad indeed.
the mouthfeel follows the selzter route and i already noted the thin overall body. drinkability isn't bad, but this beer sure doesn't get me excited to want another one.

another slight twist on the lager style. these shiner beers so far are predictable and boring. (765 characters)

Photo of lanechaffin
5/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kosmos Reserve okay. I like the bottle it looks exceptional but i don't know what color the beer is. Twist top and off allright.
Hoppy, flowery, taste good and good for you no doubt.
goes down easy i cojuld drink a case. I like this beer about as much as the Smokehaus its one of the best from Shiner. (301 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours clear golden body with a small white head. Some spotty lace decorates the glass.

Aroma has light spicy and grassy hops, vague fruity esters, and some toasted caramel.

Light medium body has crisp carbonation.

Taste has a bready and sweet grainy caramel maltiness. A subdued hop bitterness struggles to balance. Finishes with a clean crispness.

Pretty nice for the style. I could drink a few of these in the right circumstances. (443 characters)

Photo of Dster
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a amber yellow a little darker than the style.

smell- faint. slightly sweet
taste- typical of style with floral wheat after taste..lighter carbonation
mouthfeel- average
drinkablity- High, good for hot weather sessioning.

Would easily buy these for barbecues etc. (273 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a German lager feel in the nose with faint herbaceous hops and pale grain.

"Hop jacked"? That's funny. This might be a little closer to what Bud used to taste like. A touch sweet, with evasive hops that leave a somewhat soapy aftertaste.

I'm not sure whom they're reserving this for. blase'. (298 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Kosmos pours somewhere between orange and light copper, completely transparent. Half inch of white head rises with decent retention and some lacing.

S - Simple bready sweetness with grain providing the background. Some metallic and slightly grassy aromas peek in from the hops. Fairly standard; nothing offensive but nothing that stands out either.

T - Slightly deeper than the nose would suggest. A lot of that adjunct-like blanket grain flavor early on, with a touch of honey like sweetness. Light toasted notes mingle with the entrance of the hops mid to late palate. Bits of grass and light earthy tones appear in moderate amounts. Mild bitterness in the finish with a somewhat unpleasant metallic flavor in the aftertaste that lingers for quite a while.

M - Light and refreshing, medium high carbonation, and thankfully out of the watery range.

D - Kosmos is an alright beer, but I doubt it'll wow anyone. Besides being a suitable alternative to BMC stuff, there's nothing outstanding here. A slightly above average beer in a below average style. (1,112 characters)

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another extra from gramatton, thanks again mna!

Consumed 11/29/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Kind of a washed out clear copper color with a finger and a half white tight bubbled head. Lots of carbination, not much lacing.

S- Lightly floral and grassy, a touch sweet.

T- Alot like the nose, a little extra citrusy flavor in there as well.

M- Light to medium bodied, carbination wasnt too strong.

D- Not normally a style I like but this one wasnt too bad. Could see having a couple at a cook out. (538 characters)

Photo of thecheese86
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It poured out a dark yellow/orange that made me really unnerved when I first saw it. Wasn't a normal beer color. Smooth texture, and very little bite. Good flavor yet unremarkable. Would drink again, but not actively seek out. The Shiner Bock is a better option from this brewer. (279 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from gramatton, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin white head that slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a thin malt character followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel and tea. There's a very mild hops presence but enough to bring some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer, but there isn't much to it that would make me select it over many others. (869 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale copper with a modest white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

Aroma is toasted caramel malt. Biscuit, along with mild nut and tropical fruit.

Taste is pale and caramel malt up front. Sweet and grainy with pleasant toasted quality. Light hops bring a 'crispness' to the sour, metallic finish.

Moutfeel is light-medium bodied with a diacetyl slickness.

Worth a try. (388 characters)

Photo of aggiearcher13
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass with about an inch of coarse head. Clear golden color that appears highly carbonated.

S: A vague grapefruit and floral hop aroma. A little sweet and bready.

T: Clean caramel and bread. A little bit of yeast flavor.

M: Light body, high carbonation.

D: Very sessionable. It doesn't really have a standout characteristic, but it's a good overall beer. (382 characters)

Photo of maleman
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. no freshness dating on bottle.

A - poured a one finger, bubbly white head that receded into a tight cap with thick lacing.

S - lots of hops, bready with some floral notes.

T - taste follows smell, very hoppy with some clove and other spices.

M - tasted in the back of the mouth with some slight aftertaste. a medium-bodied clean finish. above avg carbonation.

D - a good session quaff. if i see it again, i'll consdier buying it. (479 characters)

Photo of wahhmaster
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Pilsner Urquell-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden color with LOTS of carbonation bubbles floating to the surface. The head is thick and fizzy and dissipates slowly leaving some lacing.

Smell: Smells of dry hops, kinda reminiscent of a pale ale. A little bit of a citrus fruit smell as well.

Taste: Tastes mildly hoppy, once again kinda like a mild version of a pale ale. Has kind of a sour finish too (sort of confused why this would be).

Mouthfeel: Bready and a little chewy. A little too much carbonation as well.

Drinkability: An exceptional beer from Shiner. Not the best beer I've had but pretty damn tasty. It really hit the spot for me. This is something I would recommend for anyone. (764 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A pretty simple yet hoppy beer that draws comparisons to Extra Pale Ales.

The beer decants with a strong straw, lightly golden color. Lively carbonation brings an initially formitable head with fair retention that never fades completely.

Bolder hops arise from the glass than expeted from the Shiner brand. Somewhat earthy, piney, and herbally, the hop blend does also show light citrus. Malt flavor is light and borrows some caramels, cracker-like crispness, and clean grain flavor. No much ester depiction, nor yeastiness, sulfurs, or vegital notes, this lager based beer takes on the complexion of a very clean Pale Ale.

Body is creamy and moderate up front, largely due to the abundant carbonation. But as the C02 digresses, the beer's weakness and paleness shows. Bitter and clean well into the finish.

A nice but small beer within the same class as Summit's Extra Pale and Budweizer American Ale. Thanks Exiled! (922 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
2.43/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I tried this as part of a Shiner sampler. I have to say I love Shiner Bock as a session beer, but this was something unexpected...Appearance was a straw yellow, with little carbonation. Smell was strange, like a lemongrass soup? Taste followed the smell, light and citrus, some hops. Mouthfeel was average...not terribly overpowering but underimpressive. drinkability alright, not my favorite but not awful. (407 characters)

Photo of dbtoe
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.
This is my favorite Shiner out of the family pack I got. I wish the 12 pack would have been all Kosmos. LOL
Look has an amber body with a fizzy head that like the others didn't stick around for long.
Smell flowery and sweet malts.
Taste is a lot like how it smells lightly flowery hops and sweet malts. Balanced towards the malts.
Feel is light and carbonated I'd say smooth.
Drink I could have many of these and while the flavors aren't real strong the beer tastes very good. Shiners best in my opinion. (550 characters)

Photo of ImusBeer
2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this from a place that carries singles.

I've had and enjoy a Shine Bock on occasion but this beer just isn't my style.

It was poured into a 16oz beer glass, a honey color clear with a finger of head that died and continued to bubble from the bottom.

It had a grainy/tinny smell like a tin can. The taste was a little metalic as well but crisp and light.

The mouth can feel the light carbonation and watery feel. Ok, but too light for me not my cup of tea at all. (470 characters)

Photo of jpschouest
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a clear pint glass
A:Dark golden redish color. One finger width of whitish head.Very clear.
S:smelled a little hoppy, malty, fruity
T:Very malty mouthcoating creamy taste, well balanced, full bodied
A very nice tasting beer, one I would definitly drink again (283 characters)

Photo of kevman527
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second bottle out of the mix and match 6 pack that my friend made for me in Texas.

Golden yellow color, the tiny bit of head that it had quickly dissipated, no lacing. Nothing much to the smell a little spicy hop maybe. A medium bodied lager with much more flavor than a macro, malty and hoppy, good clean flavor. For a golden lager, low carbonation. But, it would be easy to drink a few of these, especially on a hot day. A better alternative to mass produced stuff. (472 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Quick 6 in the iced cooler, poured chilled in a mug from the 12oz bottle.

A - 1/2 fingers of pale cap atop a light caramel colored lager w/ good clarity. The bead is fine, streams of small bubbles rise to the head which settles to a film

S - A sweet aroma like cereal w/ mild nuts and slight herbal notes from the hops w/ mild biscuit and bready aromas

M - A very light feel w/ moderate carbonation and semi-sweet texture w/ mild spice in the finish w/ light seltzery feel.

T - A light toasted malt flavor appears and recedes w/ very light spiciness from the hops. The flavors lead to a mild sweet biscuit note. A very bland flavor as it finishes, it seems thin

D - A basic lager w/ a bit more hopping flavor wise but doesn't make me want another-average drinkability (793 characters)

Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.